• The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 33 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
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Personal profile


Dr Heather Bray has more than 20 years of experience in Science Communication. 

Heather currently co-coordinates the Science Communication major within the Bachelor of Science, and the Masters of Science Communication. She is the leading coordinator/instructor for Science Writing, Exhibitions and Interpretation, Science and the Media, and Contemporary Issues in Science Communication. Heather taught science communication and related subjects at the University of Adelaide from 2012 to 2018.

Heather's research explores community understandings of, and attitudes to, the role of science and technology in food production, in particular genetically-modified crops and food, and farm animal welfare. Her work aims to improve communication and build trust between different stakeholders in the agri-food system.

Heather's background is in agricultural science and she has worked as an animal scientist in both Australia and the Netherlands. Before returning to academia, she worked in science centres and for agricultural research centres, developing community engagement programs about complex and controversial technologies. 

Heather is an active member of the Australian Science Communicators.

Education/Academic qualification

Sciences Communication, Graduate Diploma, Central Queensland University

Veterinary Science, PhD, University of Sydney

Science in Agriculture, Bachelor, University of Sydney


  • Agriculture and Food
  • Communications
  • Biotechnology
  • Creative Arts
  • Social Media
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Media Studies

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Meat Medicine & Life Sciences
animal welfare Agriculture & Biology
Animal Welfare Medicine & Life Sciences
Genetically Modified Food Medicine & Life Sciences
consumer attitudes Agriculture & Biology
farmed animal species Agriculture & Biology
Domestic Animals Medicine & Life Sciences
food Social Sciences

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 33 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 10 Article
  • 5 Chapter
  • 1 Conference article

Celebrity chefs and new meat consumption norms: Seeking questions, not answers

Ankeny, R., Phillipov, M. & Bray, H., Apr 2019, In : M/C Journal : a Journal of Media & Culture. 22, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
eating habits

How farm animal welfare issues are framed in the Australian media

Buddle, E. A. & Bray, H., 6 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

animal welfare
Animal Welfare
Domestic Animals
farmed animal species
6 Citations (Scopus)

Australian consumers’ awareness and acceptance of insects as food

Wilkinson, K., Muhlhausler, B., Motley, C., Crump, A., Bray, H. & Ankeny, R., Jun 2018, In : Insects. 9, 2, 44.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
edible insects
insect larvae
consumer surveys

Collaborating with the enemy? A view from Down Under on GM research partnerships

Ankeny, RA., Bray, HJ. & McKinley, KA., 2018, Ethical tensions from new technology: the case of agricultural biotechnology. James, HSJ. (ed.). Oxfordshire: CABI, p. 53-69 17 p. (CABI Biotechnology Series; 6).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Ferals or food? Does hunting have a role in ethical food consumption in Australia?

Bray, H., Konyn, S., Wijnandts, Y. & Ankeny, R., 2018, Wild Animals and Leisure: Rights and Wellbeing. Carr, N. & Young, J. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge-Cavendish, p. 210-224 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

food consumption
public attitude
animal welfare

Activities 2019 2019

  • 2 Invited talk

Served with a side of science - building trust in food production

Heather Bray (Speaker)
15 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Served with a side of science - building community trust in food production

Heather Bray (Speaker)
20 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Reducetarian: Making peace between meat-eaters and vegetarians

Heather Bray


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Food, art, and identity

Heather Bray


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media